Together, we can change the world. It may not feel like that right now as we are into the sixth month of probably the worst year in terms of social and economic collapse in decades. With a globalized world, a friend or a family member is just a phone-call away and the whole world in your pocket at your fingertips – no one has felt more alone than they do now.
We have realised that we don’t miss all the material luxuries, if you’re lucky enough to be on furlough, you don’t miss or care about the 20% deduction. What you do miss are your friends, hugging your loved ones and gathering together for a celebration.
They are the basic things that fundamentally makes us human. Togetherness, and being starved of touch, sent to our rooms for the last 11 weeks is both detrimental to the body and soul. We miss the world we’ve become so accustomed to take for granted. If someone said last year that your life will become to a complete stand-still for 3 months, you would have labelled them a crazy conspiracy theorist, but this is the reality we are currently experiencing.
The simple things have been stripped from us; playing football with your friends, a cheeky couple of pints with your best mates down the local, seeing the older ones of your family and even going for a walk was limited to one hour a day. Everything… Gone.
The world is under a transition, a phase if you will and not just with the environment, but there is little doubt that our beautiful planet is now under huge threat in many ways. Our weather is more extreme, plastic litters our oceans, industrial production and farming methods that wreak havoc on the environment and mass deforestation has led to extinction of many species.
We need to take action before it’s too late, and we can all do our bit to help. The world can change, it was proven not too long ago with strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus. People can come together as shown through the BLM protests.
Things have only temporarily gone, but what if everything were to go for good. No more pubs, no more football, no more school, no more seeing loved ones. There may be different opinions right now on all the social and political events that are occurring as we speak, but environmental degradation will indefinitely affect us all.
Together – with everything that is going on right now – we can change the world for the better and not just for the environment, but for all the differences we have and all the inequalities we are born with into this unjust system.
Together, we can become 1.
Credit: William Wand – The Figure Head